November 5, 2014

Cross Your Fingers! Teo 2 Opening at CBMR With Good Snow


Holy Schnikeys!!! CBMR dropped some awesome news this afternoon. With good snow this year, the Teo 2 expansion will begin and be open to the public! Check out the press release from CBMR below:

Photo: Trent Bona

40 acres of sweet extreme terrain will open skier's right of the existing Teocalli Bowl.

40 acres of sweet extreme terrain will open skier’s right of the existing Teocalli Bowl.

MT. CRESTED BUTTE, Colo. – Nov. 5 – Crested Butte Mountain Resort announces that they will open 40 new acres of expert terrain this winter season, called Teo 2, once the area has ample snowpack. Located skiers’ right beyond Teocalli Bowl at the top of the High Lift, Teo 2 stands above future expansion possibilities at the resort on the back side of the mountain.

Teo 2 delivers a variety of terrain for advanced skiers and riders. Upon entering the area, riders will choose from either legendary “Crested Butte style” steeps or a wide open powder bowl. There are pillow drops and steep tree lines; all finishing with a mellower open field that weaves through short trees. Mountain crews cleared trees over the summer, with guidance from the U.S. Forest Service, to create an egress road that was needed to open this terrain. To get back to the main part of the resort, there is a 20 – 30 minute hike back to Schofield Road that drops back into Paradise Bowl.

Enthusiastic skiers and riders must wait until Mother Nature comes through with abundant snow in the area to check out this new terrain. At that point with the first rope dropping, the fury of exploration can begin.

 As John Sale, CBMR’s director of planning explains “Teo 2 has been in our existing permit boundary for years, but we needed to provide emergency access and egress to open the terrain to the public, which was cut this summer. Once out there, the vistas from the top of Teo 2 open up a whole other part of the mountain on the back side with amazing views of Teocalli Mountain and the East River below. This will give guests a preview of the future expansion potential as outlined in CBMR’s 2013 Master Development Plan.”

An area that is hoped to be expanded into in future years once the proper permitting takes place, Teocalli Drainage would include two additional lifts and intermediate terrain, creating an entirely new skiable lift pod for most skiing and riding abilities, with pristine views of wilderness areas and U.S. National Forest.

“Coming off a season of great snowfall, this is something we have wanted to do for some time,” explains vice president and general manager Michael Kraatz. “We want our guests to see the possibilities of skiing on the back side of the mountain. While this may only be expert terrain now, we are very much focused on providing a family experience back there when the Teocalli Drainage is fully expanded into. For now, it is something to get excited about here in Crested Butte; checking out new terrain, on a new aspect of our mountain, in deep powder all while looking out to exceptional views.”

Announcements will be made about exactly when Teo 2 is going to open later this winter as the snow accumulates and the snow safety team gets back to the new area to control it.

About Crested Butte:

Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian store fronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.

About the Author

2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.